Last night 2012 first rounder for the Cincinnati Reds Nick Travieso took the mound for the Dayton Dragons. He allowed 2 runs in 6 innings pitched and had 3 strikeouts without a walk. In the 2013 season with Dayton his stuff was inconsistent from start-to-start, and while we don’t know how it will be yet in 2014, the early returns looked good.
The Reds have worked with him on his mechanics throughout his time with the organization and according to Reds field coordinator Bill Doran things seemed to click toward the end of spring training with things for Travieso and he began to notice the difference himself.
For most of the game Travieso was working with his fastball in the 93-95 MPH range. The pitch was strong on the night and he was controlling it well. The pitch was either at the knees or at the letters, very seldom anywhere between. Of the 22 balls put in play, 15 of them were on the ground in large part due to the fastball working down in the zone.
Last year one of the rubs on Travieso was the secondary stuff. His slider would flatten out at times and his change up was a bit firm. Last night in the second inning the slider was a bit flat once again. However in the third inning it began showing more depth and by the 5th inning the pitch was showing itself as an above-average pitch and was the best that I have ever seen the pitch. Topping off the improvement within the game of the pitch though he was also throwing the pitch where he wanted to.
He didn’t show the change up too often, so it was tougher to get a read on than the fastball and slider.